Tooth loss has always been a problem that humans have sought to remedy. It has taken many centuries to get to where we are today, and it is hard to imagine technology will get any better. We know it will, but in the meantime, we are pleased to offer patients two options for tooth replacement that restore natural appearance and functional chewing.
Now that patients have two options from which to choose, it is important to know how they differ to discern how to best achieve individual goals in tooth replacement. Here, we want to look at a comparison between dental implants and dental bridge treatment for partial tooth loss.
A Side by Side . . .
We’ll first look at dental bridges because they have been used for a longer period. This method of tooth restoration involves filling a gap between two teeth with a pontic, or tooth made of ceramic material. What keeps the pontic in place is two dental crowns. The three “teeth” are fused during the fabrication process. Then, the entire fixture is seated over the teeth adjacent to space. For these teeth to hold the pontic, they must be reduced before fitting crowns over them.
Dental implants are still relatively new in the grand scheme of dentistry. These fixtures were first used more than fifty years ago, and yet they have only recently picked up steam regarding popularity. A dental implant is an artificial root. It is made of titanium or another biocompatible material. When a tooth is missing, an implant is inserted into the jawbone where the natural root used to be.
One of the biggest considerations of tooth replacement is how to maximize cost effectiveness. A comparison of costs and longevity is an excellent way to come to the conclusion that works for you. To discuss your treatment options for tooth replacement, call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000.
Your teeth are fixtures that you expect to see in your mouth every day from here on out. The fact that tooth loss is in unexpected event doesn’t mean that it is uncommon. In fact, statistics show that a fair number of adults will lose a tooth – or several, far before they may believe they should. Really, we do not need to view tooth loss as a normal part of aging. The team at Lerner & Lemongello work diligently to help our patients enjoy lasting oral health and beauty. At the same time, we have obtained the necessary skills that enable us to replace missing teeth in the most appropriate manner.
Today, the most efficient way to restore normal function is to look beyond tooth structure and notice the importance of a firm foundation. That would be your teeth roots. In lieu of roots, it is implants that supply you with the stability you need to feel comfortable in your smile. Information about dental implants should be obtained from your Palm Beach Gardens dentist. Otherwise, you may fall for misinformation such as:
We are happy to discuss your options for tooth replacement. Schedule your consultation by calling (561) 627-9000.
Anyone can be a candidate for a dental implant – the artificial replacement of the root of a natural tooth. There are many reasons for replacing a tooth – cavities, periodontal disease, bone loss, missing teeth, failed dental work, and injury or trauma to name but a few.
Even though dentistry has come a very long way, millions of Americans continue to suffer from missing teeth. For centuries, the only treatment options available were fixed bridges and removable dentures. But today, dental implants provide a better, more naturally looking alternative. Dental implants begin with a titanium post which provides a strong foundation for the replacement tooth.
If you are suffering from a missing or diseased tooth, the first thing to do is gather information about the many options for replacement that are available to you. At Lerner & Lemongello, we will explain all of our tooth replacement options to you, interpret your x-rays, and answer your questions. Our goal is your satisfaction. Our mission is to help your smile become the best it can be. We can replace one tooth…or several.
You should begin implant treatment only when you are ready…when you decide…but let us help you make that decision. Life is too short to suffer with teeth that are less-than ideal. Your self-esteem, self-confidence and even your intimacy can be tied to how you feel about your smile.
Say goodbye to your dentures, replace your missing teeth. The dental implant procedure is simple, recovery is fast and implants are easy to maintain. Dental implants look natural and will last for decades with the proper care. Of course, your daily oral health routine is crucial. You must continue to floss and brush and see your dentist twice a year for a good cleaning and check-up.
Get your smile back. Call us for a consultation appointment, today, to learn more about a dental implant procedure. You won’t regret it: (561) 627-9000.
Remember when you were a small child and you lost your baby teeth in happy anticipation of a visit from the Tooth Fairy? As an adult, if you are missing one or more of your teeth, it is unlikely you are smiling.
As adults we can lose teeth because of gum disease, infection or decay as a result of a lifetime of poor dental habits. Teeth can also be lost by trauma or athletic injury. Occasionally, teeth are absent at birth.
At Lerner & Lemongello, we we want to put that smile back on your face!
Dental implants are a revolutionary solution to:
• Old crowns or bridges that need to be replaced due to pain or bad breath.
• Loose and slipping dentures which are embarrassing and make it difficult to eat and painful to smile.
• Missing teeth which can affect your personal relationships and the quality of your life.
Let us provide you with a permanent, long-term solution that can help restore your self-confidence and put your worries about your missing teeth to rest.
WHAT IS AN IMPLANT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A dental implant begins with a titanium or zirconia post that functions like the root of your tooth. The post is surgically positioned in your jawbone beneath the gum line. It fuses with your bone and the post becomes a sturdy foundation for your custom-made crown.
Remember: implants can’t come loose like dentures can and they don’t have to be anchored to other teeth like bridges!
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At your consultation, we will examine your teeth, take x-rays and determine if you have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If your bone it too thin or soft, you may require a bone graft.
You must also be in good, general health.
Implants feel, look and function just like real teeth…but they do not decay! You must take good care of them, however, by flossing and brushing and visiting our office regularly.
Useful information on Dental Implants
Is a dental implant right for you? A dental implant may be the best option for restoring your smile when you have lost or broken a tooth. Learn more about dental implants and when they are right for you.
Dental Implants, What are they?
A dental implant is a post most often made of titanium but sometimes made of zirconia. They serve as a substitute for the root of a natural tooth. The implant post is placed in the jawbone. It is then allowed to fuse to the natural bone. Once this occurs the implant post becomes sturdy and can be used as a foundation for the replacement of the teeth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth to support a bridge. Depending on the number of implants they can be used to hold and replace all the teeth or support a denture.
Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?
People of all ages can be a candidate for replacement of missing teeth with dental implants. Whether tooth loss due to decay, disease, injury or a medical condition, dental implants can be a great choice. If you can’t wear dentures comfortably you may be an ideal candidate for dental implants. There are new techniques available using advanced technology where implants can be placed and teeth secured the same day. For denture wearers imagine being able to eat anything you want without the roof of your mouth being covered so you can taste your food. This can be life changing for people who have lost all their teeth and struggle with dentures.
Implant patients must be in good health. Most patients are still candidates even with certain medical conditions but should consult with their dentist. Your dentist will take into consideration your medical and dental health to ensure implants are the right choice for you.
What is the implant procedure like?
Your dentist will review what type of dental implant treatment is right for you. A procedure will be done to place the implant in the jawbone. The jawbone will then be allowed to heal around the implant to hold it firmly in place. The dentist will then complete the process by securing a post onto the implant and place a crown or artificial tooth that resembles you natural teeth.
Does implant placement take a long time?
Once the implant is placed, usually an hour or two, healing can begin. Healing can take three to six months depending on certain factors. If you are a candidate, a temporary tooth or teeth can be placed during the healing phase. Once healed the permanent tooth replacement can usually be completed in two to three weeks.
How do I care for my implant?
You care for your dental implant teeth just as you would your natural teeth. It is important to brush and floss as well as see your dentist every three to six months for dental cleanings to maintain your health. If there are any specific needs for maintaining your dental implants your dentist will let you know.
The right choice
The dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns. So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.
Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000. Visit our website at www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.
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